Surprise! For those of you who didn’t know – I am an undergraduate. Although mostly everyone knows at this point, so for those who did know i am an undergrad, surprise – I am STILL an undergraduate!! *Cue gasp* Haven’t failed out ………….yet.
I recall one presenter making a joke that poked fun at undergrad students. Upon hearing the remark, I sat there to myself and chuckled along, saying “Silly undergrads who do they think they are.” Meanwhile, I am an undergrad? Not sure what was going on in that moment…sleep deprivation? Probably. Nevertheless, I am tremendously grateful to take part in Digital Transformations this semester with all of you working individuals.
Starting off my last blog post for Digital Transformations, I wanted to convey my appreciation to everyone who made this class so insightful. My senior year has been filled with many unexpected twists and turns, and this class just so happened to be one of those unexpected (but appreciated) turns. At this point, almost all of my classes include at least 5 people I know pretty well (or 1 person, at the very least). With Digital Transformations, however, I was offered a whole new range of people and consequent array of perspectives I had never heard. From Twitter discussions to presentations, I listened to stories from dads, lawyers, former professors, blue collar workers, private equity enthusiasts, BC administration, and even a former preacher (yes, this is you, Professor Kane) and it is safe to say, I would not have gotten this opportunity to hear such inquisitive comments in my other undergraduate coursed. So thank you to Professor Kane (who graciously let me into the class) and everyone else who shared their own ideas throughout the semester. Your perspective did not go unnoticed.
As a soon to be graduate, Digital transformations gave me a glimpse into the post-college world. I took Professor Kane’s undergraduate course – TechTrek West – my sophomore year at BC, so my expectations coming-in presumed a similar experience. TechTrek was essentially a spin-off undergraduate version of Digital Transformation and while they do follow similar set-up in terms of blogs, Tweets, and presentations, the course content was always changing due to the constant transformation of technology. The depth of discussion, in this class as well, flowed at a vastly different level. People talked about co-workers, children, partners, and these insights got me imagining what my own life would look like next Fall.
Funny enough, when I look back to my TechTrek experience, my class presentation actually covered Facebook (surprise surprise FAANG yet again!) and my Powerpoint actually discussed Facebook’s Horizon (aka the Metaverse). Facebook Horizon’s, at the time, worked to define a new reality and empower people to experience anything. Facebook Horizon idea was simply just an idea in early 2020.
As my pre-COVID 2020 presentation discussed, Facebook’s Horizon was the first step into an ever-expanding world of connection.
“The program aimed to bring a more social aspect to virtual reality, creating almost ‘a second life’ for users, and this massive multi-player online world will even offer ‘citizenship’ for users to socially interact”. Yes, this is a quote from my presentation.Shannon’s NEVER BEFORE-SEEN 2020 TechTrek Presentation
Getting to see Facebook’s Horizon transform into the Metaverse provided me a here-and-now example of how quick technology can change. Going from TechTrek in early 2020 to now taking Digital Transformations in late 2021, the way in which I got to see this progression unfold goes to show exactly what we’ve been discussing all semester: the mere capacity to which technology can change our world in a matter of months. Just as Facebook’s Horizon turned into the Metaverse, there is no doubt more digital transformations and disruptions are on their way. Therefore, in moving beyond Digital Transformations, we must not forget that our ability – as learners, employees, and leaders – to stay nimble in the face of disruption, quickly adapting to evolving tech infrastructure, will be our key to success. The only constant with technology nowadays is change, so staying adaptive, moving quickly, and embracing a digital future will ensure our own digital resiliency for the years to come.
Closing off, it’s hard for me to encapsulate this entire semester’s worth of knowledge into one single blog post, so I thought I’d leave you off with some gifs to highlight some memorable moments from class discussion. Disclosure: I am only ~slightly~ of joking with these.
*me every time my Twitter got more than 3 likes* “Yeah you could say I’m cool.”
*Professor Kane every time he announces twitter discussion*
When the Metaverse comes up ~yet again~ in class.
Me wanting to ask Fergus if this is possible.
*the letter D dancing* knowing how popular it is among our tweets #D
*Me when Fergus asked if they’re are any undergrads in the class*
Also me this week trying to finish off 56 tweets and 44 blog comments. (…TAs/professor you didn’t see this.)
To all of you guys, thank you once again for sharing your ideas, thoughts, and perspectives. Now please excuse me while I go cry into my pillow and mourn the loss of #d tweets. Sweet dreams #ISYS8621.